Bushcare working bees are held from 9 am to 11 am, usually on the third Sunday and last Thursday each month, except January. Bush care and weeding are frequent activities. The heavy jobs, including construction, are done by Council staff. The Friends do the lighter work of bush care, removing invasive weeds and planting. The latest working bee calendar is at the end of this page.
COVID-19 UPDATE: Please note that people in working bees must keep within social isolation guidelines. This means maintaining a safe working distance.
Everyone, experienced volunteers or novices, are invited to join our working bees at any time. Inexperienced volunteers will receive assistance from experienced volunteers in identifying plants and carrying out minimal disturbance bushcare. Please let the working bee organisers, Philip (0437 812 870) or Jane (8339 7245), know when you plan to attend for the first time. They will ensure you are welcomed. Wear sensible protective clothing, boots and gloves. The Park has a variety of terrain, and can be wet underfoot.
To receive reminder notices for the working bees, or to find out more about them, call Phillip on 0437 812 870.
The Friends’ vegetation policy is to:
- preserve and enhance existing locally indigenous bushland
- control weeds both exotic and native
- revegetate denuded and degraded areas with appropriate indigenous species
- use minimum disturbance of bushland techniques and Bradley principles for Bushcare
- ensure that those working at Bushcare have appropriate workshop training in plant identification and Bushcare techniques.
Bushland Weeding Code
- Follow and promote knowledge of the Bushland Weeding Code:
- Look before you weed know where the native plants are.
- Choose the most effective and selective weeding technique for the plant and the location.
- Disturb soil as little as possible. Replace any disturbed soil, press it down and replace plant litter.
- Adapt to the season and weather conditions. Don’t pull or grub weeds when the soil is dry and roots break off when pulled, or tramp through when soil is so soft that your feet damage plants at each step.
- Minimise the amount of trampling over the site and scatter the team of workers so that they do not form a new trail. Wear soft soled shoes and clothes which do not carry weed seeds or drag on foliage. Wear gloves.
- Before you pull, grub or poison large weeds, pull the small weeds which are growing underneath them.
- Avoid damage to native plants. Don’t drop or fell large weeds onto native plants or drag boughs through the bush.
- Remove from the bush any parts of weeds which could regrow: ripe fruits, seed heads, bulbs, rhizomes and runners. Break up the rest into small pieces and leave them scattered to form a mulch, especially over the spots where weeds have been removed.
- Do follow up work before moving on to weed a new area.
- Remove weed seeds or bulbils which could scatter into the weeded zone.
- Where native plants are regenerating among dense weeds, clear them some growing space but do not create large openings.
Working Bees 2021
The locations of the Sunday working bees are included in the table. Call Jane (8339 7245) for the location of the next Thursday working bee to join in. The working bees finish with some morning tea.